Your home is a central part of your life—it’s where you host guests, hang out with your family, and make memories. It’s no wonder you want it to look its best! If your home is ready for a makeover, here are some simple changes to try that will make a big impact.
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1. Colors are key
Whether you’re repainting the walls or just picking out some new couch cushions, you want to use colors for the mood you hope to create. Soft blues and greens are calming, bright yellows or pinks are cheery, and orange suggests action. So, if you’re redoing your bedroom wallpaper, blue may be the way to go, but for the kitchen you’ll want warmer tones.
2. Lighten things up
Like color, a room’s lighting is important for creating a mood. Make sure you have enough lighting sources and that they are well spaced. Also, pick bulbs carefully—no need for that bright fluorescent glare killing the mood when you’re trying to have a nice romantic dinner!
3. Pick a theme
Themes are a great way to pull a room’s look together. Do you like travel? Add maps, photos from cities you’d like to visit, or clocks adjusted to the time zones of your favorite destinations. Is sailing your hobby? Use paintings of boats, blues and green shades to mimic the ocean, and fishing nets or ropes for decoration.
4. Perk things up with plants
Plants add life and color to any space, and research has shown that they even improve your mood! Succulents or cacti are great, low-maintenance plants even if you don’t have a green thumb. Or, for something more short term, try fresh flowers for a pop of color and a nice scent!
5. Use bold prints and colors
Even small changes can make a big difference. Add novelty to your living room with a beautiful new patterned throw on the couch or a jewel-toned picture on the wall. These will complement even the plainest of furnishings, and you only need a few of them to spice up a space.
6. Focus on a statement piece
Like bold colors or patterns, a statement piece draws attention. If you put a gorgeous new painting front and center on your living room wall, it will direct people’s focus away from less exciting aspects of the room, like beige walls or faded carpeting. Plus, it acts as a conversation starter!
7. Don’t ignore the floor
The floor may not be the first thing to catch your eye, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it—after all, you’re standing on it! If you’re stuck with an unfortunate flooring situation that you can’t fix right now, use some tricks like a bright rug or walls to distract from it.
8. Move things around
You don’t have to spend money on new furniture to create a new look. Instead, just try moving things around! In your living room, for example, bring some comfortable chairs and a coffee table together in a nook to create a cozy conversation space. You’re using the same furniture you’ve always had, but the feel will be totally new!
Just like pairing an outfit with accessories, you want to add the right small touches to your room to give it the perfect finish. For example, a small vase or bookend can be just the decoration your shelves need. Use small, inexpensive pieces like this in every room to improve your home’s look for less!
10. Repurpose a room
If you have extra space in your home, whether it’s an unused guest room or an out-of-date “computer room”, repurposing it is a great way to give your home new life. If you work from home, consider creating a studio with a nice desk and shelves full of your favorite books. Or go a different direction with a workout room—you can create a surprisingly effective home gym with just a few pieces of equipment. Try any of these to get started!
Now that you see how simple it can be to make small, inexpensive home improvements that have a big impact, it’s time for you to go ahead and try it yourself!